Guest Post was written by: Sean Mortberg, an aspiring tech writer and a student at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky.
In 1990, Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web and since then, the way we live has radically changed. Amazon, Apple, Bitcoin, Facebook, Netflix — the list goes on. Behind the blue light, billions upon billions of bytes of data are being created without the casual user’s second thought.
A staggering ninety percent of data in existence was created within the last two years, with that amount doubling every two years. It’s not hard to believe when half of the global population uses the internet. The wide variety of uses is growing as well, attracting more users every day. With industries ranging from cryptocurrency to video and music streaming burgeoning in popularity and revenue, the amount of collected data is growing with them. We even get most of our news from online subscriptions and social media, and just last month New York Times CEO Mark Thompson said that print journalism has about ten years left.
Just how much data is used by some of the world’s favorite sites? Amazon uses 7.8 billion GB of data every 8 hours, with a single shopper using 12 GB per 8 hours. In the decade or so since the iPhone first hit stores, iPhones have reached the hands of 700 million people, with a global data use of 1.4 billion GB. With 18.5 million blockchain wallets in use, nearly 93 million GB are used daily to mine Bitcoin. That seems like a lot of data but that’s only a fraction of the 2.5 million trillion bytes created daily.
At the rate data is growing, we will have as many digital bits as there are stars in the universe by 2020. With the drastic changes in how we live, work, and play one thing is certain — data will never stop changing the world.
Learn more about the history of digital content from the infographic below, provided by MerlinOne.
Last Updated on February 27, 2018.